Children of Fallen Heroes to build retreat, education center near Vass

Children of Fallen Heroes (CFH), a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the children of fallen service members, first responders, and caregivers, announced in a press release that it plans to build its first retreat and education center on an 82-acre property in Moore County.

The property was generously purchased by CFH founder and President, Kenneth Wasley, who has been working toward this dream since he was 8 years old.

As an organization serving the community for almost a decade, CFH is thrilled to expand its services with the retreat and education center.

The center will offer a range of unique STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) programs for children of fallen heroes, first responders, military, caregivers, and foster children.

These classes will include agricultural, canine and animal wildlife rescue, equine, scuba, ropes courses, drone, robotics, fishing, and many more. Through these classes, children will have opportunities to explore new interests and develop valuable skills.

The retreat and education center will be built on the 82-acre property, outside of Vass near Morrison Bridge and Lobelia roads, which will include state-of-the-art facilities and accommodations for participants.

The property is located right outside Fort Bragg, the home base of Kenneth’s father, SGT Michael Wasley, who was a member of the U.S. Army Parachute Team, Golden Knights. 50 years ago, his father and 14 members of the team were killed in a plane crash on March 8, 1973, in Silk Hope, NC. The establishment of the retreat and education center is an opportunity to turn a negative into a positive for the community.

“We are thrilled to announce our plans to build the Retreat and Education Center on this 82-acre property,” said Kenneth Wasley. “Our goal is to provide children with unique, hands-on experiences in STEAM fields and to create a community of support. This has been a dream of mine since I was eight years old, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to make it a reality.”

For more information on Children of Fallen Heroes and its programs, please visit

Feature photo: The location of the future retreat and education center.

Courtesy photo/Contributed.

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